HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander’s use of ottchill (lacquer) engages the ecosystematic history of craftspeople in Seoul, while allowing them to self-reflexively question their own acts of making and living. In their new home, Toronto, the vernacular and modernized city are similarly at odds with each other. While the modernized city is akin to the violent grafting of an artificial skin—one which is smooth but does not feel—the vernacular city is an unhealing wound, forever in an incomplete process of transformation.

For Other Fears, 2019
Lacquer, glutinous rice powder, textiles, ash powder, textiles
40 x 16 inches

Empty Itch, 2019
Lacquer, glutinous rice powder, textiles, ash powder, over-sized zippers
32.25 x 13 inches

Supervisor, 2019
Lacquer, glutinous rice powder, textiles, ash powder
11 x 6.5 inches

Scab Brick with Excavator Inlay, 2019
Lacquer, glutinous rice powder, textiles, ash powder, shell inlays, steel, printed matter, business cards
12 x 10 x 22 inches

Plaid Obscene, 2019
Framed archival print, powder-coated steel
32.25 x 13 inches | 40 x 16 inches (installed 40 x 32 inches)

It Fits (Center Outside), 2019
Door-bell from abandoned Gaeryang Hanok, sea-shell, beetle
7.5 x 5 inches

Jail Needs to Feel Like a Home, 2019
Archival print on paper, acrylic case
6.5 x 9.25 inches

HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander
b. Daegu, South Korea & Vancouver, Canada
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Solo Exhibitions
2020    Peering into the Flushing, Trilobiteet le Pneu, Montreal
2019    maximum suffering along the way, Franz Kaka, Toronto (as HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander)
2019    Public Volumes, Small Arms Inspection Building, Mississauga (as HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander)

Select Group Exhibitions
2019    Barely Fair, Julius Caesar, Chicago (as HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander)
2019    Gallery Galerie Galería, Jack Barrett Gallery, New York (as HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander)
2018    Lojong Exercises, Kikospace, Toronto (as HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander)

2019    Jenine Marsh, “HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander’, canadianart.ca
2019    Ben Shannon, ‘In Conversation’, www.residenceeditions.co